Deb: It’s Back! The Alaska Sampler 2015

As cuts to the state’s film subsidy program threaten the
booming reality TV industry, what will be the next big draw to Alaska?
Books, of course. At least that’s what the editors at the
Running Fox authors’ co-op are counting on.
Following the success of last year’s Alaska Sampler, a free e-book anthology, Running Fox is at it
again, with a new volume of the Sampler plus a brand new website that aims to
change the way readers connect with Alaska-inspired authors and books.
“In their reviews, readers of last year’s Sampler spoke of how they read
specifically to prepare for their Alaska vacations, and they urged us to issue
a fresh volume each year. How could we refuse?” says Deb Vanasse, co-editor of
the Sampler and founder of Running
Fox Books. 
Alaskans, too, praised the collection. “Laughter and tears brought to you by my most beloved state,” wrote one reviewer. “Thanks to the multitalented for sharing. A real treat.”
In what lead editor David Marusek deems a “literary labor of
love,” the Alaska Sampler 2015
features fiction, memoir, crime writing, and humor.  Among the dozen featured authors are new
favorites alongside the well-recognized, including Heather Lende (If You Lived Here, I’d Know Your Name),
C.B. Bernard (Chasing Alaska), Rich
Chiappone (Opening Days), and Gerri
Brightwell (Cold Country).
Aiming to move beyond the either-or thinking about e-books
and print books, the Sampler relies on a unique partnership with
brick-and-mortar bookshops in Homer, Palmer, Skagway, and Ketchikan.
Readers can download the Alaska
Sampler 2015
for free at,
Alaska’s only author-curated online bookshop, enticing readers with features
such as the Passage Picker, Book Your Trip (Literally), and Author

In a few months, Running Fox will be looking to add a few
new authors to the co-op, designed to aggregate marketing efforts by promoting
uniquely Alaskan ways for readers to connect with our books. Stay tuned for
Co-founder of 49 Writers and founder of the
independent authors cooperative Running Fox Books, Deb
 has authored sixteen
books. Her most recent are Write
Your Best Book
, a practical guide to writing books that rise above the
rest; What
Every Author Should Know
, a comprehensive guide to book publishing and
promotion; and Cold
, a novel that
“captures the harsh beauty of the terrain as well as
the strain of self-doubt and complicated family bonds,” according to Booklist.
Deb lives and works on Hiland Mountain outside of Anchorage, Alaska, and at a cabin near the
Matanuska Glacier. A regular contributor to the IBPA Independent, the views
expressed here are her own.
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